To compare the 43548’s performance, I’ve included a group of QHD monitors that all max out at 165 Hz. There’s Dell’s S3222DGM, BenQ’s EX3210R, Corsair’s 32QHD165, the Razer Raptor 27 and Monoprice’s 42891, which is the curved wide-gamut version of this screen.
Pixel Response and Input Lag
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Most 165 Hz panels can draw a full white field in 6 ms, but the Monoprice displays take 7 ms. This means a tiny bit less motion resolution and a tiny bit more blur. The 43548’s overdrive quells most of this on its middle setting, so I have no complaints when moving quickly in a first-person game.
Input lag is very low, enough to pull the total score down to 29 ms. That makes the 43548 one of the quickest displays in this category. There may not be many bells and whistles here, but excellent gaming performance and response make up for that. Consider also that this monitor is just $320. It delivers a lot of speed for the money.
Most IPS panels offer decent viewing angles, but a few, like the 43548, stand out. You can see that there’s a slight blue shift to the sides, but not a significant one. And brightness is barely reduced, just 10% at most. Detail stays clear in the darkest steps of the pattern. In practice, there’s very little difference when looking at the screen from 45 degrees off-center. The top view is green in tone with a 40% light reduction. Simply put, this monitor makes it easy to share what you're doing with someone sitting near you.
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A hotspot in my 43548 sample raised the uniformity score to 12.91%. The rest of the screen is visually perfect, but I could see a slight glow in the lower right corner when the room lights were off. A little ambient light makes that disappear, as does any content above the minimum black level. Color uniformity was spot-on, with no visible aberrations.